Parents & Carers

Pastoral Structure

At Baines School we pride ourselves on the fact that each student is known and know that they are known. A student’s happiness and well-being are recognised as the foundation for their success. Effective pastoral care underpins school life and there is always someone to whom the students can turn for help and advice. Every adult has a responsibility for students’ welfare and security and there are many layers of care in place.

‘Pupils are safe and well cared for because staff are very committed to their welfare. Staff know pupils well and offer support for their emotional well-being.’ Ofsted June 2017

‘Pupils are taught to keep themselves safe and understand the risks they might face out of school.’ Ofsted June 2017

‘Pupils said that adults in school are always approachable and there to support them academically, socially and emotionally. There are strong, supportive relationships between staff and pupils. Some parents informed inspectors in detail about how staff have provided valuable support for their children.’ Ofsted June 2017

House System

Our pastoral care system has a horizontal structure based in year groups. Students are individually valued and well-supported.

Students see their Progress Tutors every day in the morning for fifteen minutes. Progress Tutors have immediate access to information about students’ achievements and any incidents during the day through the school computer system.

Progress Leaders have overall responsibility for the efficiency and effectiveness of their Progress Tutor teams, an overview of student progress and the general welfare and behaviour of students within their forms. They should be the point of contact for parents who have more serious concerns about a student’s overall conduct, effort or academic progress.

We have four Houses, all named after former Baines Headteachers or students:

  • Founders
  • Stafford
  • Tomlinson
  • Whittington

The house system supports the extra-curricular programme and creates many opportunities for students to participate in school life as they take part in house competitions and events.

The composition of the group is carefully considered and is placed under the guidance of a Progress Tutor.  It is important to us that our students build strong relationships with staff and their form tutor is someone who will get to know them well. The Progress Tutor is the pupil’s personal contact in school, and, as such, will oversee his or her academic progress, personal development and well-being.

‘The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good. Pupils understand the importance of education and are ambitious to achieve well. They value the rewards they can earn through good work, attendance and behaviour.’ Ofsted June 2017

Contact for your Progress Leaders

Mr R Flynn
Year 11 Progress Leader

Miss E Pass
Year 10 Progress Leader

Dr A Metcalfe
Year 9 Progress Leader

Mr I Patel
Year 8 Progress Leader

Mrs H Harkins
Pastoral Manager

Challenge and Achievement

Baines aims to foster in its students a sense of challenge and achievement from which will develop levels of confidence and self-esteem.  To this end, the school operates a rewards system as part of the Behaviour Policy.

Students receive positive points for good work, good behaviour, determination, and mature attitude through Class Charts.  The points build into awards that form a structured system of certificates and badges, enabling staff to acknowledge the achievements of their pupils.

Wellbeing Dog

Baines is introducing our own wellbeing dog. Our canine staff member is set to help students and staff on a daily basis. Rufus, owned by Mr. Spence, will be able to support students in their personal developments detailed in the below letter. For further information please see the policy document and frequently asked questions.

Wellbeing Dog Policy
General Information Letter